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Louisiana College Education Division
The Louisiana College Education Division prepares student teacher candidates to be Dynamic Educators who exemplify:
1. Christian Service
2. Mastery of Subject Matter
3. The Attributes of the Practitioner Teacher
The foundation upon which this conceptual framework is built comes from Ecclesiastes 4:12 “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” The Division of Education offers several routes through which candidates may receive research-based pedagogical strategies through the lense of a Christian Worldview. The Division’s faculty are former public school classroom teachers and principals. Louisiana College continues to offer it’s great tradition of an exemplary undergraduate teacher education program. The majority of Louisiana College student teachers walk directly from student teaching to a full-time teaching position. Administrators throughout the state seek out the Louisiana College Teacher Education graduates. The Division continues its reputation for training conscientious and highly skilled teachers through our undergraduate program.
The longstanding reputation of the Louisiana College Teacher Education Department has led the Division to expand programming to better meet the needs of the state. The Education Division offers an alternative certification route in order to help school systems secure highly qualified educators. This program previously referred to as T.E.A.C.H. is now under the banner of our Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT). This program allows a person with a baccalaureate degree in traditional disciplines; the arts, humanities, and sciences the opportunity to achieve professional teacher certification with the opportunity of continuing their education with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
The MAT degree is the first graduate degree Louisiana College offered. The MAT program has enabled Louisiana College’s faculty to enter the public and parochial classroom in the role as mentor. Lasting friendships and professional networks have been forged through this opportunity. Faculty mentors are able to enter the public school classroom environment and make positive suggestions for change and offer support during the challenging journey of a first year teacher. Mentors work with building principals and personnel directors as professional colleagues seeking the best for the candidate and public school students.
The MAT program has opened doors internationally. In August 2011 a group of Louisiana College faculty traveled to Tanzania with the mission of conducting teacher training for that great country. Although the Tanzanian school culture is quite different from our American school culture, the needs are just as great. Good teaching is good teaching whether it be in Africa or America. Our faculty walked away with a renewed mission: Continue to create dynamic educators exemplifying christian service and the mastery of subject matter through acknowledging the greatest teacher of all, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Students and teachers from China have visited our Louisiana College campus. The MAT program is working closely with a university in China offering instruction to their faculty. What once began as an endeavor to reach the state of Louisiana by providing a Christ centered alternate teacher certification program has now become an international effort to reach the world for Christ.